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MEPs urge swift Brexit talks


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MEPs urge swift Brexit talks

The European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator says talks needs to start as soon as possible.

It follows the UK’s inconclusive election last week, which left Prime Minister Theresa May without a parliamentary majority.

“I hope that the negotiations can start the fastest as possible, I hope that it can start next week, and it is absolutely necessary to stop the uncertainty that exists for months now, uncertainty for citizens, UK citizens and European Union citizens,” he said.

Senior Tory MEP Syed Kamall said the focus must be on securing the best possible deal for both sides.

“I think they will have to get some deal so let’s see, let’s just get the best Brexit. The best for the EU and the UK,” he told euronews.

The commission’s lead negotiator, Michel Barnier, voiced his frustration at the lack of progress on Brexit, saying on Tuesday that he “cannot negotiate with himself.”

The deadline for an agreement to be struck is March 2019, ahead of planned European elections in June of that year.